I am learning to live slow. That's how life here is, slow and easy. It's also courteous and rich in many ways. Slow is not a complaint, it's just a way of living in this town. Who could complain about it really, the rewards are worth every minute. The flowers they offer you, the vegetables they leave, the tea they serve you, they are all better than you could ever expect. It does take some getting used to though. The general small town rule, what I call the "who knows who" game, most definitely must be followed, especially if you're new in town. If you need anything, and I mean anything, everyone knows someone who knows someone who is more than happy to help. You may have to wait a little to have walls moved and a room painted, but in the end, that will be the prettiest room in your house. They give their word on that and I can attest to it.
We had hoped to move into the new house by the end of August, but since it's half way through already and we are no where near the end of our to-do list, I enjoy these August days at the cabin still. And that is not a complaint either, I'm sure everyone knows I am in love with our little cabin hidden in the pine trees at the end of the lake's cove.
The days here are filled with a high hot sun and afternoon showers. The geese have flown away but there is now a beautiful white egret who has joined the two blue herons on the island. I'm sure everyone knows too by now that I love the blue herons. I was sitting on the dock the other night, sunset is the best time if you want to watch the fish and turtles swim under the water, and thought how perfect it would be if I were a painter and could put everything I love about the lake onto a canvas, to paint it with words and watercolors.
The days are also filled with long drives in the country, rodeos, picnics and the best flower and vegetable stands I have ever stopped at. A Georgia peach...you must try and you don't need to travel far to find bushels of sweet corn picked that very morning. For a smile and conversation you may find an extra ear or two in your basket. As with everything around here, the longer you linger, the longer it takes...the better it is. This is truly a good way to live.